The BRIC program supports families who have experienced domestic violence to reduce the impacts of trauma and build resilience. We work with safe caregivers and their children over a period of up to 8 months to rebuild a secure attachment between them.

We help caregivers understand how children are impacted by domestic violence and why they may see symptoms continuing even when the family is physically safe. We assist parents to learn the skills to create an emotionally safe environment and to understand that children heal within secure and caring relationships.

The program draws from attachment theory, neurobiology research and trauma informed practice to inform the early intervention, child focused approach.

What is involved in completing the BRIC program?

The program involves two therapeutic parenting groups with individual counselling sessions held alongside to provide a supportive group environment to learn the material and individual support to process the learning and focus on individual family needs. Children are invited to some group and individual sessions focusing on engaging in enjoyable therapeutic activities with their caregivers.

What do people who have completed the BRIC program say about the experience?

“They are all so understanding and took the time to listen to our concerns and struggles and always asked about me. I found it a positive empowering experience. Made me feel more confident in myself as a parent.”

“I feel I understand a lot more about reasons behind my child’s behaviours, I liked how it was broken down to easily understand.”

“I loved doing this program. I wish I could do more. From doing the program I understand my sons’ needs better, and that the kids will be upset when they come back from seeing their Dad, but I understand why and let them have their space. After that we have really good days together.”

Our BRIC Program is generously supported by the PAYCE Foundation, who have donated substantial funds to support the running of the program until 2021, along with our University of Wollongong Evaluation. We thank PAYCE for their support of us, and the Shire Community, through this contribution to our service.

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